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Fluid arguments : five centuries of western water conflict /
edited by Char Miller.
imprint
Tucson : University of Arizona Press, c2001.
description
xxix, 354 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0816520615 (cloth : acid-free paper)
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imprint
Tucson : University of Arizona Press, c2001.
isbn
0816520615 (cloth : acid-free paper)
catalogue key
4612936
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Char Miller is Chair and Professor of History at Trinity University
Reviews
Review Quotes
"In a year when the Rio Grande runs dry in south Texas, and Klamath Basin farmers seethe over federal irrigation reductions, nothing could be more timely than a book analyzing five centuries of western water conflict. . . . These essays indicate the vitality of even so well-trod a field as water history." -- Western Historical Quarterly"Given the quality and quantity of works addressing the scarcity of water in the American West, readers might ask whether this edited volume offers something new. It does. . . . Rather than employing a singular lens crafted by Anglo-American law and economics, Fluid Arguments offers a prism through which contemporary controversies about water are illuminated and complicated by Native American and Spanish cultures." -- Environmental History
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Summaries
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Water -- or the lack of it -- has shaped the contours of the American West and continues to dominate the region's development. From the incursions of the Spanish conquistadores to the dams of the New Deal era, humans have sought water in these arid lands as the key to survival -- and success. And as the West becomes more urbanized, water is an issue as never before.This book sets contemporary and often bitter debates over water in their historical contexts by examining some of the most contentious issues that have confronted the region over five centuries. Seventeen contributors -- representing history, geography, ethnography, political science, law, and urban studies -- provide an interdisciplinary perspective on the many dimensions of water in the West: Spanish colonial water law, Native American water rights, agricultural concerns, and dam building. A concluding essay looks toward the future by examining the impact of cities on water and of water marketing on the western economy.As farmers and ranchers from Kansas to California compete for water with powerful urban economies, the West will continue to be reshaped by this scarce and precious resource. Fluid Arguments clearly shows that many of the current disputes over water take place without a real appreciation for the long history of the debate. By shedding new light on how water allocation is established -- and who controls it -- this book makes a vital contribution to our understanding of water and growth in the region.
Main Description
Water-- or the lack of it--has shaped the contours of the American West and continues to dominate the region's development. From the incursions of the Spanish conquistadores to the dams of the New Deal era, humans have sought water in these arid lands as the key to survival-and --success. And as the West becomes more urbanized, water is an issue as never before. This book sets contemporary and often bitter debates over water in their historical contexts by examining some of the most contentious issues that have confronted the region over five centuries. Seventeen contributors-- representing history, geography, ethnography, political science, law, and urban studies-- provide an interdisciplinary perspective on the many dimensions of water in the West: Spanish colonial water law, Native American water rights, agricultural concerns, and dam building. A concluding essay looks toward the future by examining the impact of cities on water and of water marketing on the western economy. As farmers and ranchers from Kansas to California compete for water with powerful urban economies, the West will continue to be reshaped by this scarce and precious resource. Fluid Argumentsclearly shows that many of the current disputes over water take place without a real appreciation for the long history of the debate. By shedding new light on how water allocation is established-- and who controls it-- this book makes a vital contribution to our understanding of water and growth in the region. CONTENTS Divining the Past: An Introduction / Char Miller Part 1. Land and Water on New Spain's Frontiers 1. "Only Fit for Raising Stock": Spanish and Mexican Land and Water Rights in the Tamaulipan Cession / Jesus F. de la Teja 2. Water, the Gila River Pimas, and the Arrival of the Spanish / Shelly C. Dudley 3. "Between This River and That": Establishing Water Rights in the Chama Basin of New Mexico / Sandra K. Mathews-Lamb Part 2. The Native American Struggle for Water 4. Maggot Creek and Other Tales: Kiowa Identity and Water, 1870-1920 / Bonnie Lynn-Sherow 5. The Dilemmas of Indian Water Policy, 1887-1928 / Donald J. Pisani 6. First in Time: Tribal Reserved Water Rights and General Adjudications in New Mexico / Alan S. Newell 7. Winters Comes Home to Roost / Daniel McCool Part 3. Agricultural Conundrums 8. Water, Sun, and Cattle: The Chisholm Trail as an Ephemeral Ecosystem / James E. Sherow 9. Private Irrigation in Colorado's Grand Valley / Brad F. Raley 10. A Rio Grande "Brew": Agriculture, Industry, and Water Quality in the Lower Rio Grande Valley / John P. Tiefenbacher 11. Specialization and Diversification in the Agricultural System of Southwestern Kansas, 1887-1980 / Thomas C. Schafer 12. John Wesley Powell Was Right: Resizing the Ogallala High Plains / John Opie Part 4. Dam those Waters! 13. Private Initiative, Public Works: Ed Fletcher, the Santa Fe Railway, and Phoenix's Cave Creek Flood Control Dam / Donald C. Jackson 14. The Changing Fortunes of the Big Dam Era in the American West / Mark Harvey 15. Building Dams and Damning People in the Texas-Mexico Border Region: Mexico's El Cuchillo Dam Project / Raul M. Sanchez Part 5. The Coming Fight 16. Water and the Western Service Economy: A New Challenge / Hal K. Rothman
Main Description
Water- or the lack of it- has shaped the contours of the American West and continues to dominate the region's development. From the incursions of the Spanish conquistadores to the dams of the New Deal era, humans have sought water in these arid lands as the key to survival-and -success. And as the West becomes more urbanized, water is an issue as never before. This book sets contemporary and often bitter debates over water in their historical contexts by examining some of the most contentious issues that have confronted the region over five centuries. Seventeen contributors- representing history, geography, ethnography, political science, law, and urban studies- provide an interdisciplinary perspective on the many dimensions of water in the West: Spanish colonial water law, Native American water rights, agricultural concerns, and dam building. A concluding essay looks toward the future by examining the impact of cities on water and of water marketing on the western economy. As farmers and ranchers from Kansas to California compete for water with powerful urban economies, the West will continue to be reshaped by this scarce and precious resource. Fluid Arguments clearly shows that many of the current disputes over water take place without a real appreciation for the long history of the debate. By shedding new light on how water allocation is established- and who controls it- this book makes a vital contribution to our understanding of water and growth in the region. CONTENTS Divining the Past: An Introduction / Char Miller Part 1. Land and Water on New Spain's Frontiers 1. "Only Fit for Raising Stock": Spanish and Mexican Land and Water Rights in the Tamaulipan Cession / Jesús F. de la Teja 2. Water, the Gila River Pimas, and the Arrival of the Spanish / Shelly C. Dudley 3. "Between This River and That": Establishing Water Rights in the Chama Basin of New Mexico / Sandra K. Mathews-Lamb Part 2. The Native American Struggle for Water 4. Maggot Creek and Other Tales: Kiowa Identity and Water, 1870-1920 / Bonnie Lynn-Sherow 5. The Dilemmas of Indian Water Policy, 1887-1928 / Donald J. Pisani 6. First in Time: Tribal Reserved Water Rights and General Adjudications in New Mexico / Alan S. Newell 7. Winters Comes Home to Roost / Daniel McCool Part 3. Agricultural Conundrums 8. Water, Sun, and Cattle: The Chisholm Trail as an Ephemeral Ecosystem / James E. Sherow 9. Private Irrigation in Colorado's Grand Valley / Brad F. Raley 10. A Rio Grande "Brew": Agriculture, Industry, and Water Quality in the Lower Rio Grande Valley / John P. Tiefenbacher 11. Specialization and Diversification in the Agricultural System of Southwestern Kansas, 1887-1980 / Thomas C. Schafer 12. John Wesley Powell Was Right: Resizing the Ogallala High Plains / John Opie Part 4. Dam those Waters! 13. Private Initiative, Public Works: Ed Fletcher, the Santa Fe Railway, and Phoenix's Cave Creek Flood Control Dam / Donald C. Jackson 14. The Changing Fortunes of the Big Dam Era in the American West / Mark Harvey 15. Building Dams and Damning People in the Texas-Mexico Border Region: Mexico's El Cuchillo Dam Project / Raúl M. Sánchez Part 5. The Coming Fight 16. Water and the Western Service Economy: A New Challenge / Hal K. Rothman
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. ix
List of Tablesp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Divining the Past: An Introductionp. xv
Land and Water on New Spain's Frontiers
"Only Fit for Raising Stock": Spanish and Mexican Land and Water Rights in the Tamaulipan Cessionp. 3
Water, the Gila River Pimas, and the Arrival of the Spanishp. 27
"Between This River and That": Establishing Water Rights in the Chama Basin of New Mexicop. 40
The Native American Struggle for Water
Maggot Creek and Other Tales: Kiowa Identity and Water, 1870-1920p. 65
The Dilemmas of Indian Water Policy, 1887-1928p. 78
First in Time: Tribal Reserved Water Rights and General Adjudications in New Mexicop. 95
Winters Comes Home to Roostp. 120
Agricultural Conundrums
Water, Sun, and Cattle: The Chisholm Trail as an Ephemeral Ecosystemp. 141
Private Irrigation in Colorado's Grand Valleyp. 156
A Rio Grande "Brew": Agriculture, Industry, and Water Quality in the Lower Rio Grande Valleyp. 178
Specialization and Diversification in the Agricultural System of Southwestern Kansas, 1887-1980p. 201
John Wesley Powell Was Right: Resizing the Ogallala High Plainsp. 223
Dam those Waters!
Private Initiative, Public Works: Ed Fletcher, the Santa Fe Railway, and Phoenix's Cave Creek Flood Control Damp. 251
The Changing Fortunes of the Big Dam Era in the American Westp. 276
Building Dams and Damning People in the Texas-Mexico Border Region: Mexico's El Cuchillo Dam Projectp. 303
The Coming Fight
Water and the Western Service Economy: A New Challengep. 331
About the Authorsp. 339
Indexp. 343
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